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Multiple People Injured In Brooklyn School Bus Accident By East 51st Street and Linden Boulevard

Crash Involving Stolen School Bus In Brooklyn Injured Multiple People Near Jamaica Avenue and Sheffield Avenue

Multiple People Injured In Brooklyn School Bus Accident By East 51st Street and Linden Boulevard

BROOKLYN, CALIFORNIA (December 14, 2021) – Multiple people were injured in an accident after a man stole a school bus and crashed it by Jamaica Avenue and Sheffield Avenue.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A man stole a school bus on East 51st Street and crashed into multiple vehicles before being taken into custody following a chase.

That driver has been charged with grand larceny and reckless endangerment. Multiple people had to be treated for their injuries, but they are expected to survive.

A full investigation into the school bus crash remains ongoing.

Liability In Brooklyn School Bus Accidents

Car theft remains a serious problem in the United States and around the world. According to one report by III, “In 2020, the number of vehicles stolen was up 11.8 percent from 724,872 in 2019. Motor vehicles were stolen at a rate of 246.0 per 100,000 people in 2020, the highest rate since 2009, when the rate was 259.2. The 2020 rate was up from 220.8 in 2019.” There are a number of steps that drivers can take to help protect their vehicles from being stolen.

  • Always lock your doors.
  • Always remove the keys from your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car.
  • Install a tracking system.

Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for an accident involving a stolen vehicle. All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians and vehicles. When a driver is speeding or otherwise fails to take reasonable actions to avoid accidents, they can be held liable through a civil claim. The owner of a stolen vehicle could also potentially be liable for a collision.

Generally speaking, drivers are not liable for accidents if their vehicle is stolen and then crashed. But there is an exception to this rule. According to New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1210(a),  drivers can be liable for an accident when their vehicle was stolen if the driver left the keys in the ignition. Leaving the keys in the ignitions makes theft more likely and leaves the vehicle owner vulnerable to a negligence claim. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • PTSD

The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability insurance. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Brooklyn School Bus Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the victims injured in this accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have been affected. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar collisions. How is it that this bus was stolen? Were the keys left in the ignition? Could this accident have been prevented? Bus companies should do everything in their power to prevent their vehicles from being stolen.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a bus accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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